~Yogi Bio ~ Kandra (Kay) Cassar
My Yoga journey has been an incredible & unforgettable, spiritually guided path through life. I classify my Yoga practice to be a lifestyle oppose to just the physical practice of asanas (postures). I teach an Ashtanga Vinyasa flow, holding postures for 5 breaths, focusing on drishti (gaze), bandhas (locks), and vinyasa (marriage of breath & movement) and having a creative and meaningful life lesson as an intention.
As a child I took many different styles of dance, however it was acro I enjoyed practicing the most. Acro is short for Acrobatics, playing with splits, bridges, cartwheels, aerials, back walk-overs, etc. My flexibility has stayed with me throughout the years because of practice. I believe we are all still kids at heart and this shows through our Yoga practice. During high school I joined the cheerleading team taking part in lifts, chorography dance, and group movement.
Once I finished school I was desperate for adventure, to see the world, and explore all it had to offer. I packed my bags and moved to what I like to think of as the most beautiful place on Earth - Lake Louise, Alberta. My true love was found– nature & the outdoors, I always felt like something was missing from my life until the beauty hit me! From there I moved to Vancouver Island, gallivanting on the islands, and experiencing the open ocean. So if you didn’t already think I was a gypsy-traveling hippie…
I had never been one to attend a studio on a constant basis for Yoga, I suppose my journey to having it fill my life everyday is somewhat different than most Yogis. I would do a few classes here and there, but it was when I moved to Australia for a year that it truly look over my life in the most satisfying way anything ever has. I wasn’t working full time, I was travelling and picking up work along the way in the agricultural industry (working on farms, picking, packing, maintaining, tracker driving) following the harvest season. I had more free time then ever before, and allowed for exercise and a long time needed self-loving to take over. I started practicing my own routine everyday, in a room by myself, for an entire year. It changed my life in so many different ways. I became more mentally focused, positive, calm, determined, physically fit, and most of all, gave me self-love. From working on these farms I learned how to appreciate Mother Nature and all she has to offer. I started appreciating real food, hands on growing out of the ground, and it changed my outlook on my diet completely. I eat a refined sugar-free, preservative free, ½ diary free, organic when possible diet because I believe this is REAL food, prepared with love and meant to nourish the body, not just fill it. Try the treats at the salad & smoothie bar for a taste!
A few summers ago I was working up in Muskoka where I’d practice Yoga on docks everyday and teaching my friends who wanted to know all about it! It truly made me think of how amazing it was to share my practice with others and how much they enjoyed and found themselves growing from it. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a teacher. I started researching different styles of Yoga, I wanted to find one most similar to my practice I was already doing and go to school for it. So to India I went, the original birthplace of all Yoga! I wanted to know where all of this Yoga in the Western world truly came from, so I went to study Ashtanga Yoga. I also became certified in Meditation, Pranayama & Kriyas. On my journey, I travelled 9 other countries, lived and started teaching in Europe.
I consider myself to be a spiritual traveling Yogi, a free-spirited soul that let’s the signs of the Universe guide me down this crazy path we call life. I believe this is the way all life should be lived, free from regret, judgment, and having nothing but the thought that we are all ONE in each other, peace, love, beauty, & joy.
Bring your mat, energy, good vibes & smiles. Yoga is what you make it! Let your journey begin...